The Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs the Music for Strings concert on November 19

The First United Methodist Church of Elgin will host the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Music for Strings concert on Saturday, November 19.

Matthew Sheppard will conduct this program, which includes Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor, Elgar’s ‘String Serenade’, Efraín Amaya’s ‘Angelica’ and Dvorák’s ‘String Serenade’.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 216 E. Highland Ave. at Elgin.

Named Conductor of the Year in 2022 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, Sheppard is the Artistic Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Hyde Park Youth Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago. He has conducted guest orchestras in North and South America.

For the 2022-23 season, Sheppard is the resident guest conductor at the Bienen School of Music, where he conducts the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $20 for adults. Students are $5. Youth 17 and under are free with a paying adult.

Tickets can be purchased at or are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the ESO box office, 20 DuPage Court in Elgin, or by phone at (847) 888-4000 . A free parking is available.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Brass & Percussion on Sunday, December 4 at St. Anne’s Catholic Community, 120 Ela St. in Barrington.


This free special holiday event will be presented to the Sainte-Anne Catholic community with members of the ESO Brass and Percussion Sections. Make your free reservation at The concert is sponsored by the Fran Houlihan family.

Celebrate the holidays with your favorite scenes from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites like Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Christmas, all with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Elgin Master Chorale. With any luck, we might also have a special visitor from the North Pole.

The annual Holiday Spectacular, led by conductor Timothy Semanik, will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake, and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 . , at the Hemmens Cultural Centre, 45 Symphony Way in Elgin. The December 11 concert is sold out.

Tickets to the Raue Center start at $53, available at

Tickets to Hemmens are $35 for Gold + $35 Red or $20 for Green, or $10 for students and youth, available at

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